~ It’s bigger than the boat ~

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W&O, a Portland Oregon nonprofit, teaches youth and adults the fine art of building wooden boats. With an emphasis on the power of hands on learning to master new skills and demonstrate the importance and relevance of math, science, design and collaborative problem solving skills, Wind & Oar provides unique opportunities for students of all ages to know the joy of creating tangible works of beauty and function.  It’s bigger than the boat ~ learn how, watch video clip .

Wind & Oar is located in SE Portland, Oregon, with mobile courses for youth held in conjunction with community partners across the Portland Metro region.  Learn more here.

Boat People

Wind & Oar wouldn’t exist without our amazing staff and board of directors. These wonderful people make everything we offer possible. Are you a boat person? Become a volunteer!


Working with wooden boats is an incredibly rewarding experience. You’ll learn new skills and meet new people, but you don’t have to take our word for it. See what our students have to say  and share about their experiences.  See what our partners are sharing.  

Get Involved

Community involvement and support are the backbone of the Wind & Oar Boat School. Your gift, large or small, is what enables us to teach the power of hands on learning and a commitment to environmental stewardship.  Learn more here.